Louise Baxendale

(born 17 Dec 1910 Peoria, Illinois, USA died 29 Oct 2004)

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Maternal grandmother: Mary Harriet Lasbury (born 4 Oct 1860 London, England died 30 Aug 1935 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

MARY HARRIET (LASBURY) RODWAY, was born in London, England, October 4, 1860, and, died at her home in Griggsville, August 30, 1935. At the age of six she came with her parents to Illinois and the remaining years of her life were spent in or near Griggsville. On October 31, 1882, she was married to Mr. W. K. Rodway who preceded her in death on April 8, 1895. To them were born four daughters, Mary Louise Richards who is also deceased; Elizabeth Baxendale of Detroit, Michigan; Edith Doane, of Griggsville; and Margaret Doane of Perry. Besides the three daughters, there are also one brother, Mr. M. M. Lasbury, a, sister, Mrs. Emma McConnell, and ten grand children, who survive to mourn her passing. Mrs. Rodway was long an active member of the Congregational church, of the Ladies' Benevolent Society, and of the Cree Missionary Society. She was also one of the early members of the Order of the Eastern Star. a past worthy matron of that organization, a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, a past president of the Abbie A. Hatch Chautauqua Circle, and at one time was elected president of the Pike County Federation of Women's Clubs. Her faithful performance of the duties of the various offices she held in these organizations is evidence of her active interest in all that might advance the welfare of the community, and in her death friends, neighbors and acquaintances will feel a personal loss. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Skinner Funeral Home, the Rev. J. K. Putt of St. James Church officiating. Interment was in Griggsville cemetery.

Travelled to England in 1912, stayed for a few weeks between September and November

Probate granted 18 November to Rowland Henry Rodway solicitor attorney of Elizabeth Baxendale. Effects £2353 9s 7d in England.

married 31 Oct 1882 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA

Maternal grandfather: William Knibb Rodway (born 12 Jan 1852 Weston Super Mare, Somerset died 8 Apr 1895 Illinois, USA) (born Weston Super Mare, Somerset died Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

Arrived in New York on board the Wisconsin on 3rd April 1871 at the age of 19.

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W.K. RODWAY - On Wednesday, April 10, 1895 (Died 8 April 1895) we were call ed upon to lay the mortal remains of our most highly esteemed friend, W. K. Rodway, in their final resting place. The brief services at his late home were con ducted by the pastor of the Congregational church, Rev. N. L. Burton, assisted by some of his friends who sang appropriate selections. The scripture read was the 14th chapter of the Gospel by St. John, chosen for the occasion by Mr. Rodway himself after he was told by his physician that he could not recover. He said that chapter comforted him and he called the attention of his loved ones to it in hope that they would find comfort there in their coming bereavement. One looking upon the peaceful face in the casket and remembering the expressions of pain which so often were seen upon his face during the last days of the fear ful malady which terminated his mortal life, could hardly refrain from thoughts like that expressed in the 3d verse of this chapter, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also." In the weary hours of his last sickness, the lessons taught him in childhood in his Christian home came clearly to his memory, and his acceptance of the salvation of the Gospel was clear and unquestioning. In my last conversation with him he told me that he had hoped to be permitted to enter the covenant of the church of Christ before be was called away, but that it did not seem to be God's will that he should. But said he, "I have the promise of Christ, and that is enough." His final moments were so peaceful that to those who watched beside him he seemed literally to fulfill the favorite expression of the early Christians and fall asleep. After a brief service at the house the Modern Woodmen and the members of the Masonic order, each of which he was a member, conducted his remains to the cemetery, whither he was followed by a large concourse of his grief stricken friends, and with the appropriate and impressive rituals of their orders laid him to his final rest. I esteem it a privilege to supplement the eminently just statement of last week with these words of appreciation, with the hope that they may tend to comfort , those most sorely bereaved by his early death. N. L. BURTON

Contributed by Sandi Donaldson



The WISCONSIN was a 3,238 gross ton ship, built by Palmer Bros & Co, Jarrow-on-Tyne in 1870 for the Guion Line of Liverpool. Her details were - length 366ft x beam 43.2ft, straight stem, one funnel, two masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 76-1st, 100-intermediate and 800-3rd class. Launched on 19/3/1870, she commenced her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown (Cobh) and New York on 6/7/1870. She was rebuilt to 3,700 tons about 1874 and sailed on her last voyage between Liverpool, Queenstown and New York on 22/10/1892. She was scrapped the following year. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.709]



Paternal grandmother: not known

Paternal grandfather: not known


Mother: Elizabeth Emma Rodway (born 1885 Griggsville, USA)  

married 26 Feb 1910 USA

Father Harry Newman Baxendale (born 14 May 1887 Peoria, Illinois, USA died 1 Jul 1977)  

Sister: Helen Cora Baxendale (born 6.9.1919 Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA died 25.9.2004 ) 5 children  

Husband: Norman Wengert (born 1915 died 1982 )  

Daughter: Barbara Wengert (born 1947 )  

Son: Norman Wengert (born 1949 USA ?? )  

Son: Thomas Wengert (born 1951 USA ?? )  

Daughter: Susan Wengert (born 1953 USA ?? )  

Son: Gary Wengert (born 1955 USA ?? )  

Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury) probate 1936
1900 census:
widow Mary Rodway, daughters Lizzie, Edith and Mar...
Map of Land
ownership in Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois - 1...
1920 census
showing Mary Rodway and grandchildren
Mary Rodway in
the 1930 census
Poster with
picture of SS Wisconsin on which William Knibb Rodw...
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury)
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury)
Grave of
William and Mary (Lasbury) Rodway

Census records:

1861 Chapel House, Wadham Street, Weston Super Mare, Somersetshire
Redway Eusebius J Head Married M 48 1813 Baptist Minister Wadham Street Chapel , Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestersh 1512
Redway Maria Wife Married F 34 1827 Etchilhampton, Wiltshire 1514
Redway Maria L Daughter F 13 1848 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1515
Redway Joseph G Son M 11 1850 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1516
Redway Edward B Son M 10 1851 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1517
Redway William K Son M 9 1852 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1518
Redway Elizabeth Daughter F 7 1854 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1519
Redway Mary Jane Daughter F 5 1856 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1520
Redway Eusebius J Son M 2 1859 Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1521
Redway John Son M 0 1861 Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1513
Shepton Eliza A Servant Unmarried F 18 1843 Domestic Servant , Roborough, Somerset